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Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts

Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict

22 May - 19 September, 2021

Michael Armitage is a Kenyan-born artist who works between Nairobi and London. His colourful, dreamlike paintings are loaded with provocative perspectives that play with visual narratives and challenge cultural assumptions, exploring politics, history, civil unrest and sexuality.

Made using Lubugo bark cloth, a culturally important material made of tree bark by the Baganda people in Uganda, many of his large-scale works draw on contemporary events, combining these with Western painting motifs.

This spring – just over 10 years since Armitage graduated from the Royal Academy Schools – we bring together 15 of his large-scale paintings from the past six years, exploring East African landscapes, politics and society.

Artwork © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, 1952–1976

17 June - 18 September, 2021

Gagosian is pleased to present Imagining Landscapes: Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, 1952–1976, an exhibition of thirteen paintings from the collection of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, several of which have never been exhibited before.

The references to landscape that are inherent in these paintings shift between subtle and explicit, as critic E. C. Goossen observed in 1958. All are characterized by an extraordinary variety of line and color. The earliest of them—painted in 1952, before Frankenthaler’s breakthrough development of soak-stain painting later that year with Mountains and Sea—is the work of an already mature artist: an invented panorama with suggestions of palm fronds and mountain peaks. The next belongs to a small group of canvases with drawn forms that Frankenthaler painted on her honeymoon with Robert Motherwell in the southwest of France. And four canvases from 1961—FableBeach SceneSquare Figure, and After Rubens—show her simplifying her drawing and making it more calligraphic, even as she continued to create figural as well as landscape references.

Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Frestonian Gallery

Anna Freeman Bentley: The Armory Show… In London

9 September - 18 September, 2021

The works presented at the gallery and online represent a continuation and development of the themes and subjects of her 2020 solo exhibition ‘Collected & Composed’, Freeman Bentley focuses here on the controlled chaos of flea-markets and junk shops. From these ready-made eclectic interior compositions she edits and re-expresses in exquisite colour and form the strange and beguiling nature of the ‘random’ environment – suggesting deeply personal human narratives, whilst maintaining the total depopulation of the picture plane that has become a signature of her work.

Untitled (Bed Piece 4) (2021) Ink on found quilt, embroidery in wool and cotton thread, 150 cm x 200 cm. Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Lungley Gallery

Maya Balcioglu

29 July - 18 September, 2021

Born in Istanbul in 1955, she ar­rived in Lon­don in 1977. Studied at Brighton (be­cause it was by the sea) graduating in 1982 and the Slade School of Fine Art, Lon­don, graduating in 1984 supporting her own ed­u­ca­tion by work­ing in fac­to­ries, night shifts and cater­ing jobs. She col­lab­o­rated with Stu­art Bris­ley on The Ceno­taph Pro­ject (1987-1991) and edited the pub­li­ca­tion for this pro­ject.  De­cided to mir­ror a busi­ness and set up a shop as an ex­per­i­men­tal space and a pro­posal to test ideas in pub­lic with an im­me­di­ate and un­am­bigu­ous risk el­e­ment. This space was es­tab­lished within the com­mer­cial par­a­digm, fail­ure was real and meant se­ri­ous losses. It had a core iden­tity es­tab­lished by pre­sent­ing cer­tain ‘goods’, other than that it had no am­bi­tions as a busi­ness and its pur­pose was kept de­lib­er­ately un­clear. The flex­i­bil­ity of the spec­u­la­tion proved to be a light footed suc­cess. The “shop” was voted as one of the best 50 in the world. At the height of its suc­cess the busi­ness was no longer rel­e­vant. It be­came a model for oth­ers to fol­low, and there­fore was closed.  Maya Bal­cioglu is part of the cu­ra­to­r­ial team of the Mu­seum of Or­dure.

Miriam Makeba, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 100.5 x 70.5 x 10 cm / 39.6 x 27.8 x 3.9 in. Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Goodman Gallery

Sam Nhlengethwa: Jazz and Blues at Night

12 August - 18 September, 2021

Goodman Gallery is pleased to present Jazz and Blues at Night, a new series of prints, tapestries and mixed media collage works by Sam Nhlengethwa, paying homage to the musicians that have inspired him throughout his five decades-long artistic career. This marks Nhlengethwa’s first solo exhibition in London, following a smaller presentation of his work in London last year as well as a recent solo exhibition at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Rosenfeld Gallery

The Landscape: From Arcadia to the Urban

7 August - 17 September, 2021

gallery rosenfeld is proud to present its second exhibition dedicated to the landscape, titled ‘The Landscape – From Arcadia to the Urban’. The exhibition will reflect on how the seventeenth and eighteenth century vision of a perfect idyllic natural world radically altered with the advent of the industrial revolution and move of people from the countryside to the cities was reflected in changing attitudes to what constituted a landscape. The exhibition will feature seven artists: Inna Artemova, Araminta Blue, Armin Boehm, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Lu Chao, Leonardo Drew, Levi van Veluw and Bogdan Vladuta. In addition, we shall be exhibiting two old masters one of which encapsulates an idea of ‘Arcadia’, whilst the other illustrates a very different idea of a pure landscape.

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